It’s today been confirmed that one of horseracing’s most loved personalities will be carrying the Olympic Flame when it reaches the world-famous Ascot Racecourse, next Tuesday afternoon (10th July).
Frankie Dettori, who is best known for his magnificent seven winners in one day at Ascot, will be passed the Torch as it makes its way from Ascot High Street, into the racecourse for a circuit of the Parade Ring.
As ambassador of the prestigious QIPCO British Champions Series, Frankie will be further adding to the spectacle on the day by carrying the Torch on horseback. He will be riding former top-class racehorse, Monsignor, on loan from racehorse rehoming charity HEROS.
Speaking of his Olympic Torchbearing challenge, Dettori said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to carry the Olympic Flame, especially at a track that holds such happy memories for me. I’ll be watching when the Flame reaches its final destination and the Olympic Games can begin.”
Members of the public can also share in the special moment at the Berkshire track, which will be opening its gates to the public for free from 3pm, with the Torch expected to arrive in Ascot at 4.26pm and at the racecourse itself at 4.35pm.
Gates will remain open until 7.30pm and there will be a range of additional activities taking place on the course, including a fun-fair – with rides charged at a modest cost – and live music from the band, Ascot Brass. There will also be stalls offering a variety of refreshment options.
A full list of timings for the afternoon can be seen at ascot.co.uk